Long-Awaited Improvements

Working closely with the University Planning, Design and Construction Department, along with the Athletics Department, BVH is providing engineering design to replace the outdated facilities with new stadia for the University’s Division I soccer, baseball and softball programs. The project also includes a new performance center consisting of locker rooms, offices, training space, strength and conditioning equipment, and associated conference and support spaces.

Infrastructure improvements for these and other facilities in this area of campus is also underway, with construction of the stadia and performance center slated for completion by Fall of 2020. The project conforms to Connecticut High Performance Building Code regulations and is registered as a LEED project with a target of Certified.

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Providing the Foundation for a Lifetime of Fitness

Phase two of Kingswood Oxford’s 2020 Vision, a five-year campus improvement plan features the transformation of the Brayton Athletic Center into a multipurpose field house complex and state-of-the-art fitness and wellness center. The project began in mid-2016 and lasted for approximately seven months. The renovations included changes to the Brayton Center, the field house, and the “L”.

The field house is air-conditioned and includes energy efficient lighting and high-end floor suitable for tennis practice and interscholastic competitions. It will has three basketball courts, providing space for intramurals, outside tournaments, and practice space.

The “L” includes a fitness center, yoga/aerobic exercise room, and an athletic hospitality room that can be utilized for alumni receptions, team dinners, recruiting visits, and meetings. The fitness center within the “L” is geared towards general exercising and is furnished with a variety of cardio equipment and Cybex and circuit training machines.

Kingswood Oxford looks to use these renovations to encourage and enable students to participate in various sports or self-motivated activity, and to remind students of the importance of lifetime fitness.

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New Recreational Center for the Blue Devils

BVH is providing civil, structural, MEP and technology design services for this project that includes the construction of a new 70,000 SF recreation center on the CCSU campus at Ella Grasso Boulevard and Kaiser Drive.  The present 34,000 square foot air supported fabric structure comprise the north wing of the facility will be dismantled and replaced by a new multi-story structural steel frame building.

The new recreational center will create a new complex for the recreational, athletic and educational needs of the 12,000 CCSU students as well as faculty and staff.  The facility is anticipated to provide squash, racquetball, basketball and multi-purpose courts; as well as an elevated wellness track; exercise and fitness areas; studio space; offices and meeting rooms; and restroom, shower and locker facilities.

The project will also renovate the existing Kaiser Hall gymnasium to include the construction of a first and second floor entrance to the gymnasium; construction of a new 500 seat second floor air conditioned Press Box and VIP seating area.

All improvements will meet ADA standards and comply with CCSU facility standards.

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Addressing Utility & Infrastructure Needs

BVH has performed many civil/site engineering services for Yale University, including the following projects:

  • BVH designed the underground site utilities that serve Branford and Saybrook Colleges and connect to the campus’ utility network. Our design includes underground steam, water, electrical, and data/telecommunications distribution, as well as separation of sanitary and storm systems. Site drainage included courtyards and moat areas. The specific challenges of this project were coordinating all utilities in the horizontal and vertical dimensions while preserving the campus’ historical character throughout the upgrade, and maintaining operation of existing utilities throughout construction.

  • Renovation of Pierson College included utility upgrades and comprehensive life cycle renovations to this 140,000-SF residential college.

  • Jonathan Edwards College, a 150,000-SF renovation and courtyard addition, included underground steam, water, electrical, and data/telecommunications distribution, as well as separation of sanitary and storm systems for kitchens. Site drainage included courtyards and moat areas.

  • 13,000 SF of renovations and a 17,000-SF addition for Yale’s Anthropology Building. The project provided new high-tech mechanical and electrical systems, upgraded central utilities, and included site improvements to the historic, three-story academic building.
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Integrated Design for a Public Campus

Located on a 168-acre campus bordering New Haven and Hamden, more than 8,000 undergraduate students are enrolled each year at Southern Connecticut State University. In order to serve the future needs of the campus, BVH was commissioned to study and design SCSU’s entire campus heating and electrical infrastructure.

After performing a Campus Energy Master Plan, BVH provided engineering design services for replacement of the campus’ entire heating and electrical distribution system. The heating system work involved design of a new high temperature hot water boiler plant with a total capacity of 130-million BTU/Hr. and the design of an entirely new underground heating distribution system, including all required tie-ins at each building. The distribution piping (approximately 25,000 linear feet) was routed in an efficient manner and with consideration given to several other projects already under design or construction and several additional projects projected to occur over the next 10 years.

The electrical system work included the design of a new primary electrical distribution system throughout the entire campus, including all required building tie-ins. The electrical design also included the conversion of the entire West campus from 4,160 to 13,800 volts, as well as a conversion from a radial to a loop distribution system.

Because BVH performed both building design and site design services, the firm was uniquely qualified to provide a level of coordination and service that is more difficult to achieve when separate site and building design firms are used. Acting as the prime consultant, BVH maintained both the design schedule and budget for the project, and successfully balanced the needs of many constituencies to achieve a design acceptable to all.

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Robust Infrastructure for Campus Growth

Nestled in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, Amherst College is widely regarded as one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation. With 1,600 students enrolled on campus, a robust infrastructure is needed to support the myriad of academic buildings, sports and student use facilities, and dormitories on campus.

In conjunction with the Master Plan, BVH designed an upgrade of all existing site utility systems at Amherst College, including steam and condensate piping, medium voltage site electrical distribution, site fire protection, site domestic water services, site sanitary sewer, site storm water, and conduits and manholes for site communications.

The site utility assessment determined that the steam plant had sufficient capacity, but the chilled water plant and electrical systems required more capacity. A study on the chiller plant and comparison of electric, steam and gas engine systems resulted in the decision to install an 800-ton variable speed centrifugal chiller. Existing electric and steam absorption chillers were also modified, along with new chilled water pumps and controls for variable speed pumping, to create a unified plant.

The entire medium voltage distribution system was upgraded from 4,800 volt to 13.8 kV with phasing designed into the documentation. Campus-wide, the low voltage raceway and cabling systems were replaced for telephone, data, fire alarm network, security and temperature controls. A new fire pump with distribution to the upper campus area was installed for required fire protection pressures for several planned dormitory upgrades. Buried steam, chilled water and domestic water piping were also upgraded in coordination with the study.

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Moving to Greater Heights of Distinction

UConn’s investments in its facilities and infrastructure are among the major contributors to UConn’s growing reputation for academic excellence and its emergence as a leader in higher education, and BVH has played a key role in in making crucial updates.

BVH has a ten year prime contract with the University of Connecticut to analyze and upgrade the Storrs Campus utility infrastructure to support the Campus Master Plan. As a result of these analyses, BVH is designing both capacity and reliability improvements for the existing underground utilities and energy supply (chillers, boilers and power generation) equipment.

With BVH acting as UConn’s utility representative to work with various teams on different building projects, the Framework Project identifies when various infrastructure projects need to be designed and constructed to support required building services. For parts of the campus, new tunnel sections have been added and existing tunnel systems have been extended. In other areas, direct buried distribution piping has been specified in pre-insulated piping systems. As a general practice, normal and primary electric infrastructure are routed outside of tunnels in concrete encased ductbank.  Temporary services (generators, chillers, boilers) are specified when necessary to ensure smooth transition and integration of utilities to new building services. Proper inspection and testing of all systems as part of a thorough commissioning process are essential prior to energization of all distribution systems.

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Hidden Infrastructure Within Campus

In 2002, Central Connecticut State University embarked on a remarkable infrastructure construction project that would not only greatly improve how the campus operated but also create a beautiful new setting for the CCSU community.

For many years, CCSU had an antiquated steam heating system that was inadequate for its 3 million-square-foot campus and certainly wouldn’t provide for the university plans to grow by another 1-million-square-feet.

As prime designer, BVH designed the 2,000-foot main underground utility tunnel to connect 36 campus buildings to a new energy center. The tunnel, successfully built through the middle of an active college campus, provided the means for several significant infrastructure upgrades including water, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, natural gas, telecommunications and electric service.

BVH’s tunnel design relocated the campus’ primary electrical services, created a new buried, concrete-encased duct bank distribution system, and removed he existing high-voltage distribution lines that traversed the campus. BVH also designed the relocated steam and condensate, telephone, data, fire alarm, and communications utilities, as well as the new chilled water distribution piping inside the new tunnel. As well, BVH designed the hot and chilled water direct buried systems that connect to the tunnel systems and run to each building.

The tunnel project also provided significant site improvements and landscape enhancements for CCSU. Building the tunnel required digging a city street that cut through the campus, which was later replaced by a large, campus common with green spaces and a water feature. Students now have an inviting system of walkways and outdoor sitting areas that connects the campus buildings, all while covering the new state-of-the-art utilities underneath.

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21st Century Campus Transformation

UMass Boston is committed to becoming a student-centered, urban public research university of the 21st century, and is making significant improvements to enhance the student experience and improve connections with its neighbors. BVH was awarded the contract for the final design and construction administration of the university’s Utility Corridor and Roadway Relocation project, an important transformative start of more than $700 million in new facilities and infrastructure construction on the campus over the next 25 years.

As prime consultant, BVH’s scope of work included the design of a new roadway network to improve overall traffic circulation and pedestrian connections, and a campus-wide utility corridor ‑ including hot and chilled water piping, domestic and fire protection piping, medium voltage electric, telecommunications, sanitary and gas ‑ to improve utility services to existing and future buildings.

BVH performed a study of UMass Boston’s campus utilities, including Chilled Water, Low Temp Hot Water, Primary Electric, Gas, Fire Protection, Domestic Water, Technology, Sanitary and Storm.  The study focused on reconciling conditions, capacity and green initiatives for each system as specifically related to implementing the campus master plan. Several new efficiencies and potential green initiatives were found in particular, how the central plant relates with each individual building connection.

An important factor established is to seamlessly coordinate building loads with the plant operations and maintaining high building delta T’s and taking advantage of sea water for free condenser water cooling. The project also took into account maintainability and reliability through redundant loop configured systems.

After this study, BVH performed MEP engineering design for the utility plant upgrade, as part of the Utility Corridor and Roadway Relocation project.

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Design that Promotes Law-Abiding Youth

BVH aims to provide our correction clients with realistic design solutions that effectively address operational and security needs, and our work at the Manson Youth Institution is no exception. As prime consultant, BVH worked closely with the Department of Correction staff and administration to design comprehensive renovations at this maximum-security correctional facility for youthful males.

The goal for staff at Manson Youth Institution is to provide a climate which enhances inmate social skills while promoting ethics, attitude and behavior.  BVH’s upgrade and repair work helped reinforce this physical climate. Coordinating closely with the facilities group and administration to minimize disturbances and interruptions to the occupants, BVH’s design work achieved the following:

  • Replaced and extend failed direct-buried high temperature hot water piping
  • Installed new chilled water piping on ten 7,000-SF residential cottages
  • Installed new isolation vaults and modified piping in an existing vault at the central plant
  • Upgraded the mechanical systems
  • Installed new cooling coils in existing AHUs to provide air conditioning to the cottages
  • Removed and replaced high temperature hot water and chilled water piping from the central utility plant to the HET building
  • Added additional fencing to the interior of the facility and repaved the interior roadway
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